The second leg of the Trinity Award will take place this weekend as thousands of youth wrestlers from across the country will compete in the 2015 Flo Tulsa Nationals. In what is regarded as one of thetoughest tournaments of the season, over 2,000 wrestlers from 40 states will hit the mats at the Expo Square Pavilion to put their skills to the test.
This weekend, nine wrestlers will try and win the second leg of the illustrious Trinity Award, which is one of the most prestigious awards in all of youth wrestling. These nine wrestlers have already won the Flo Kickoff Classic in November and will look to add a Tulsa National Championship to their resume.
Below, we take a weight class by weight class look at some of the top wrestlers in the 15U divisions.
*Note – this is NOT a prediction piece, but rather a look at some of the top wrestlers in each weight class who will be competing this weekend.
Leading the 75-pound weight class will be Flo Kickoff Classic Champion Beau Ohlson who will look to win the second leg of the Trinity Award this weekend. He’ll be joined by Kellyn March who he defeated in the championship bout by decision 2-0 and Colorado State Champion Wyatt Yapoujian who he defeated in overtime in the semifinals 4-2. You expect a combination of this trio to again compete for the 75-pound title.
Others to keep an eye on include Wil Guida from New Jersey, Drew Munch from Pennsylvania and Brenden Johnson from California.
The favorite to win this bracket is Mosha Schwartz from SOT Academy in Colorado. Schwartz has been on a tear this season as he’s won the USA Wrestling Preseason National Championship, the Super 32, and the Flo Kickoff Classic. He’ll look to win the second leg of the Trinity Award this weekend but first he’ll have to get past Jeremiah Reno from Missouri who took home the silver medal at the Kickoff Classic.
Another wrestler who you can expect to put on a strong showing is Julian Tagg from Ohio who lost a tough 4-2 decision to Schwartz in the quarterfinals of the Kickoff Classic. Others to keep an eye on include New Jersey State Champion Anthony Clark, Indiana State Champion Trey Lane, Colorado State Champion Patrick Allis, and Southwest Kickoff Classic Champion Ridge Lovett.
Eric Faught, who won the Flo Kickoff Classic, is back and looking to win the Flo Tulsa Nationals. He’ll be joined by a trio of wrestlers who you can expect to give him a fight. Joining him will be Iowa in-state rival Cade DeVos who Faught defeated in the Kickoff Classic Championship 6-5.
Also joining the pair is third place winner Antonio Lorenzo from California. Others to keep a watch on include South Dakota State Champion Legend Lamer, Ohio State Champion Gabriel Tagg, and Pennsylvania’s Patrick Gould.
Another wrestler who is looking to win the second leg of the Trinity Award is Colton Yapoujian from Colorado. In November, Yapoujian took home the Flo Kickoff Classic Championship with a victory by fall over Iowa State Champion Drew Bennett. Bennett will be back to try and claim his first World of Wrestling victory of the year but will have a tough road to travel.
Other wrestlers to keep a watch on include Colt Newton who finished in 4th place at the Kickoff Classic, Chance Fry from Nebraska, and Indiana State Champion Asa Gracia.
One of the top youth wrestlers in the country, Beau Bartlett, will look to win his first major championship of the season this weekend as he competes in the 101-pound weight class. He finished in 2nd place during the Flo Kickoff Classic as he lost a tough 1-0 battle to Austin Boone, who is not registered to compete this weekend. Aden Reeves, who won the USA Wrestling Preseason Nationals and an Iowa State Championship, is another wrestler who should make a deep run in this weight class.
Others who have the chance to make some noise in this bracket are New Jersey State Champion Josh Gobencion, Andrew Alirez who finished in 4th place at the Kickoff Classic and Donnell Washington who took home 5th place.
Leading the 108-pound weight class is Julian Chlebove from Pennsylvania who took home a Flo Kickoff Classic silver medal. Another wrestler you can expect to put on a strong showing is Juan Bazaldua from Illinois who took home a silver medal at the USA Wrestling Preseason Nationals.
Job Greenwood from Colorado, Marcus Castillo from Arizona, and Daniel Vizcarra from California are others to keep an eye on.
The 115-pound weight class will be led by in-state standout Dustin Plott. Plott took home a silver medal at the Flo Kickoff Classic and recently won the USJOC Open Championship. He’ll be joined by Missouri State Champion Andrew Gamble and Michael Ritchey who took home a 5th place finish at the Kickoff Classic.
Others to keep an eye on include Eric Two Lance from Texas, Luke Bowen from Kansas and Blake Schmidt from Missouri.
Theorius Robison, who is one of the top youth wrestlers in the country, will make his first appearance in a large national event this season. Robison has been making his way back from a shoulder injury that he injured in the fall. He’ll be the favorite to win the 125-pound weight class but will have to get past the likes of Robert Garcia from California and Devin Schwartzkopf who took home a Kickoff Classic Bronze medal.
Zane Coleman, from Choctaw, Oklahoma, will be a favorite to win the 135-poudn weight class. Coleman already owns a USA Wrestling Preseason National Championship and a bronze medal from the Kickoff Classic.
He’ll have to get past the likes of Michigan State Champion Brian Case and Missouri State Champion Michael Cassidy if he’s going to win his first World of Wrestling event of the year.
The favorite to win the 145-pound weight class is one of the top youth wrestlers in the country in Jaryn Curry. Curry has already won a handful of events this season that include the Flo Kickoff Classic and the USJOC Open Championship. He’ll be joined again by Troy Fisher whom he defeated in the Kickoff Classic Championship by decision 5-2. These two are the favorites to meet again in the finals but will have to get past the likes of Owen Grover from Iowa, Griffin Mann from Missouri, and Alex VanDyke from Nebraska.
Back to defend his Flo Kickoff Classic Championship is 157-pound Josh Myers from NB Elite in Texas. He took home the Kickoff Classic Championship with a 2-0 decision over Ryan Angeloni of Texas this past November. He’ll look to win his second major championship of the season but in order to do so he’ll have to get past Tony Connor of Oklahoma and Ohio’s Michael Baker. Baker may be a dark horse in this weight class as the Ohio native is one of the best young wrestlers in the Buckeye state.
Another wrestler to keep an eye on is Gavin Potter who finished in 2nd place in last year’s Tulsa Nationals.
Jerome Townsell will look to win the second leg of the Trinity Award as the 175-pound wrestler has already taken home a Flo Kickoff Classic title. He defeated Dante Garcia of Colorado in the finals by a score of 6-5 to win his first major title of the season.
This weekend we expect him to get some tough competition from defending USA Wrestling Folkstyle National Champion Garrett Bledsoe from Ohio and Arkansas State Champion Layne Hatcher.
The odds on favorite to win the 200-poudn title will be no other than Cohlton Schultz from Colorado. Schultz is one of the top youth wrestlers in the country and has the resume to back it up. The Kickoff Classic Champion will look to win his second title in a row this coming weekend but he’ll have to get past Davis Madole of Texas, Chance Strough of Iowa, and Michigan State Champion Easton Turner.
Ronald Tucker will aim to win his second notable World of Wrestling event on the season as he already owns the Kickoff Classic Championship. The standout from Illinois will be the favorite in the group but will have to get past Calvin Hayford from Vermont, Hayden Price from Oklahoma and Preston Wiss from Missouri.
Be sure to stay tuned to Youth1.com throughout the week for updates and a complete recap and list of Top Performers!
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